What Does Freedom Mean To You?

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“Freeeeeeedom!” ~ William Wallace

If you are familiar with Mel Gibson’s movie Braveheart, you know exactly what I am referring to.  In Braveheart, Mel Gibson plays William Wallace, who rallies the Scots and fights for freedom from the English.

The 4th of July marks Independence Day here in the United States, and it made me reflect on what independence and freedom means to me as an entrepreneur.

Entrepreneurial freedom and independenceYou see, freedom is one of my big “whys” in my business.  Each of us has our own reasons to be in business for ourselves.

Being an entrepreneur is not easy.  It is stressful, we work our butts off and not all of us make the kind of money that we should.  In fact, 3 of my entrepreneurial friends have gone back to the confines of a J-O-B just in the last few months.

Being an entrepreneur is a double edged sword.  With all the stresses and jobs that you have to do, it also comes with this freedom.  That is why it is so important to get in touch with the reasons why we do what we do.  It’s what keeps us going, when the going gets tough.  For me it is:

Freedom to set my own hours.

I get to set my own schedule.  That means that sometimes I get up real early to write, or to complete a project before anyone in my house gets up.  Sometimes it means going back to work after I have tucked in my youngest.

But it also means that I get to work out and exercise in the morning, which is the best time for me and spending time with my kids when they need me.

Freedom to choose my clients.

Part of being an entrepreneur is figuring out who your ideal clients are.  They are the ones that I can best serve and who I enjoy working with.  I tell you, I love my clients and I am happy not to have to plan any weddings or family reunions.  That is just not my forte and part of being an entrepreneur is that you should stay in your brilliance.

Freedom from my office.

I have a laptop and a phone and I can pretty much work anywhere.  So sometimes you will see me at the local Starbucks hanging out with a group of fellow entrepreneurs working on social media.  Or I might be at my daughter’s gymnastics class finishing up an article.  I am not chained to my desk and I love it!

What does freedom mean to you? Is it one of your whys or do you have another driving force behind you? What are your favorite things about being an entrepreneur?  Please share in the comments.

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Daphne Bousquet, CMP

Daphne Bousquet, CMP

For more strategies to make your workshops and seminars more profitable, you’ll want to pick up a copy of the free report "Three Simple Secrets To Making 10K In A Day With Small Workshops." Daphne Bousquet uses her 20+ years of event industry experience to create profitable event strategies and marketing for coaches, entrepreneurs, speakers and self employed professionals that want to grow their businesses with workshops and seminars. She is the creator of the Butts In Seats Virtual Boot Camp, a unique digital course that teaches you how to fill your events with your ideal audience.
Daphne Bousquet, CMP
Daphne Bousquet, CMP
Daphne Bousquet, CMP

Comments

  1. With all the really wonderful and positive aspects of the freedoms entrepreneurs enjoy and strive for, Daphne …

    You’re absolutely right about independent biz ownership being a double-edged sword. It isn’t easy by any stretch of the imagination and you’ve got to keep your “why” in the forefront of your mind. Otherwise, you’ll want to throw in the towel. You’re darn right we work our butts off!

    It doesn’t really surprise me that some of your friends have returned to working jobs again. We’ve got to pay the bills, right? We can’t contact our creditors, landlords, and utilities companies and say …

    “Gee, I’ve started my own business and it looks like I won’t be able to pay you for about two years.” Somehow I just don’t think that’s going to fly.

    I always tell new mompreneurs I come in contact with — “Don’t quit your day job yet! Stick with it until your biz can replace your current income. Otherwise, you’re looking for trouble and a whole lot of heartache and financial hardships.”

    Love all the Freedoms you’ve shared. 🙂

    Happy Firecracker Day!
    Melanie
    Melanie Kissell @SoloMompreneur recently posted..No Magic Till You Pay Your Blogging Dues In Full

    • Daphne Bousquet, CMP says:

      Melanie, that is great advice!

      “Don’t quit your day job yet.”

      It is tough to do 2 things at once, but it will pay off…

  2. Chris says:

    So Daphne, forgive the connection I’m about to make…but I liken the work you do with William Wallace. You too are focused on helping entrepreneurs create the freedom they want against the “tyranny” of working for someone else.

    By providing the tools and resources that we greatly desire for other business owners to avail themselves of, we are champions in their freedom!

    And this is why this post is oh so inspiring on many levels! Thank you!
    Chris recently posted..Happy 4th!

    • Daphne Bousquet, CMP says:

      Wow, Chris. Hadn’t thought about that, but it is true. I would love nothing more than for others to have the freedom I have. And since events are such a great way to fill programs for the next year, it gives you the freedom to really create more and better ways to serve your clients. Thanks!

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